Blenheim (New Zealand)

Blenheim is the most populous town in the Marlborough wine-growing region in the north-east of the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the sunniest towns in the country, with summers that are typically warm and dry, and winters that are normally cool and frosty with clear sunny days.

61 things to do

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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Collection of World War I planes lovingly restored and captured in realistic settings. Part of the attraction is the association of Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame) and Weta Workshop with the display. His team has turned what could be just a collection of planes into a drama enjoyed by even those with little interest in aviation or military history. Worth it. Has a cafe.

Marlborough Museum

There is a huge amount of artifacts and many displays which relate to the local history. Also houses "Beavertown" a replica "early Blenheim" village. Visit the audiovisual theater which shows both local and international history-oriented films.

Hedgerows Strawberry Farm

A fun destination for locals and tourists. Sales of fresh strawberries and strawberry products. Real fruit ice-cream and refreshments. Mini petanque court, picnic areas. Parking for camper vans, mini tour buses and bikes.

Brancott Estate Winery

Numerous awards including gold at the London International Wine Challenge 2003. Number one selling NZ wine company. The multi-million dollar visitor facility has a restaurant, retail store and the Brancott Theater.

DRINK   —  +64 3 520-6975 —  180 Brancott Rd

Wine Tours by Bike

Enjoy the scenery and take a tranquil tour around the wineries by bike. There are around 30 wineries within a 10 km radius of Blenheim that can be explored by bike. Pick-up can be arranged from your accommodation.

Marlborough Travel tours and cruises

Offering a range of private transport options, wine tours, transfers for individuals, couples and groups. The company owns and operates cars, vans, buses and coaches as well as launches in the Marlborough Sounds.

Hunters Wines

Won over 80 gold medals including the Marquis de Goulaine Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World at the 1992 International Wine & Spirit Competition. There is also a restaurant and a native garden.


Independent retailer with good selection of novels, non-fiction titles and travel literature. Good selection of local books. Carries the ''Guardian Weekly'' and ''Die Spiegel''.

BUY   —  +64 3 578 4909 —  67 Market St

Biddy Kate's Backpackers

Has a variety of room options, a communal kitchen area, a spacious lounge room with Freeview on a large plasma TV and a balcony area. Biddy Kate's Irish Bar is also on premises.

SLEEP   —  +64 3-578 3299 —  2 Market St

Marlborough Wine Tour

Select from half day and full day wine tours. Join a scheduled tour or take your very own private tour. Enjoy the very best of the Marlborough wine region.

DO   —  +64 3 577 9997 —  Map

Mud House Village

Offers wine and coffee tasting. Liqueurs, fruit brandies, infused olive oils etc for sale. Visit the Olive Shop and Quilters Barn (art and craft).

Seresin Estate

On a terrace with views over Condors Bend and the Richmond Ranges beyond, this organic vineyard produces premium quality wine and olive oil.

DRINK   —  +64 3 572 9408 —  Bedford Rd


A department store, almost incongruous for a smaller town. Large selection of quality (and highly priced) men's, women's and homewear.

BUY   —  +64 3 578 6369 —  54 Market St

Secret Garden

Courtyard garden in a green oasis. Wild food pies a specialty but will cater for all tastes. Great range of beer and wine.

EAT   —  +64 3 579 5025 —  30 Maxwell Rd

Highfield Estate

The tower at the winery has a commanding view over the lower Wairau River. A great place to get your bearings.

DRINK   —  +64 3 572-9244 —  27 Brookby Rd

Neal Shuttle Bus

Often meets planes at the airport. Is happy to arrange a wine trail. Seats 10 (but takes single rides too).

OTHER   —  +64 3 577 5277 —  Map

Redwood Market

Fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants, arts & crafts, Organised by the Rotary Club of Blenheim South

Villa Maria

One of NZ's top award winning wineries. Complimentary wine tasting. Winery tours by appointment.

Hotel d'Urville

Stylish central accommodation with high quality restaurant attached. (Tastefully) themed rooms.

SLEEP   —  +64 3 577 9945 —  52 Queen St

Marlborough Farmers Market

Boutique local growers, live music and $7 breakfasts cooked by local chefs. Quality coffee.

Argrove Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Luxurious, casual and friendly accommodation, stunning vineyard and mountain views.

SLEEP   —  +64 3 577 6951 —  191, Bells Rd

Hotel d’Urville

Fine dining in central Blenheim. Contemporary cuisine in a classic building.

EAT   —  +64 3 577 9945 —  52 Queen St

Vintners Retreat Hotel and Villas

Located in the heart of the wine growing district. Rural vistas.

Marlborough Bed & Breakfast

Delicious food, stunning location, friendly hospitable hosts.

Pollard Park

Beautiful landscaping. Don't miss the roses and camellias.

SEE   —  off Parker St

Dolce Bar and Restaurant

Pizza restaurant by day. Live DJs by night some weekends

DRINK   —  +64 3 577 8238 —  11 Market St

New World Supermarket

Notable for a selection of local wines priced right.

BUY   —  +64 3 520 9030 —  1 Freswick St

Cloudy Bay

Known for its Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling wines.

DRINK   —  +64 3 520-9140 —  Jacksons Rd

Herzog Winery and Restaurant

A 5 star experience. Multi-award winning dining.

EAT   —  +64 3 572 8770 —  81 Jeffries Rd

Kokomo Beach Bar

The only night club. Still a cultural experience.

DRINK   —  +64 3 578 0941 —  4/76 Market St

Paddy Barry's Irish Bar

Every town has one. Quiz nights on Wednesdays.

DRINK   —  +64 3 578 7470 —  51 Scott St

Leeways Backpackers

Offers free pickup from the iSite or airport.

SLEEP   —  +64 3 579-2213 —  33 Lansdowne St

Maharaja India

Small $11.49, standard $17.49, large $24.49

EAT   —  +64 3 579 4060 —  57 Seymour St

Blenheim Golf Club

9 holes. Great little course close to town.

DO   —  +64 21 811 573 —  Parker St

Marlborough Aero Club

Go on a scenic flight or learn to fly

DO   —  +64 3 578 5073 —  Map


Park views from upstairs windows.

Chi Chi

Authentic Chinese & Thai food.

EAT   —  +64 3-5775188 —  35 High St

Perrys Book & Map Shop

Another good option for books.

BUY   —  +64 3 578 3195 —  4 Arthur St


Contemporary and stylish.

EAT   —  +64 3 577 7277 —  8 Scott St

The Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar

All things to all people?

DRINK   —  +64 3 577 7555 —  70 Queen St

Seymour Square

See the formal gardens.

Marlborough District Library

Free WiFi is available.

OTHER   —  +64 3 520 7491 —  33 Arthur St


Known for its Cuvee NV.

Blenheim Rotary Car Boot Sale

Cheap and cheerful

BUY   —  +64 3 578 5735 —  Grove Road

Gateway Taxis

OTHER   —  +64 3 577 2072 —  Map


OTHER   —  +64 3 5781100 —  16 High St

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